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Windows 7: Visio 2010 configures at every start

13 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Visio 2010 configures at every start

Hallo all,

i have found threads with similar problems, but unfortunately no solution has worked for me so far. Therefor I post the problem here again with my specific details.

As the thread title reads my Visio 2010 tries to configure each time I start the program. I currently have no other Visio version installed and never had one. My office is also the version 2010, but I had 2007 installed before, which is now uninstalled.

Also I encountered the following behaviour:
I created a new user account. With that account Visio configured once and never again, the problem did not occur again with that account. Unfortunatly in my primary account the problem does still exist.
That behaviour might leed to the conclusion that the problem somehow has to be connected to the user account and/or the according user rights (which are administrative by the way).

I would really like to get rid of the problem for my primary account, I do not indent to set up a complete new account.
Does someone know a solution and is able to help me with this?

Many thanks in advance,

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13 Jun 2012   #2

Windows7 Home Premiume 32bit

Completely uninstall office and reinstall agin, hope it will clear your problem
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13 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Thanks for the quick response.

Sorry I have forgotten to mention, this is an option I have already tried out. Unfortunatly it hasn't worked.
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05 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

This solution worked for me using manual regedit.

Windows is trying to configure Visio upon Application Start-up

In windows 7, once you click on the .vsd folder in the registry, you will see two entries, default and content type. Erase what says on default and replace with either Visio.Drawing.11 or VisioViewe.Viewer depending on which one you have. You will know which one by expanding the .vsd folder in the registry--you will see a folder for the one you have. For the content type, I changed it to application/Visio.Drawing.11 but I don't think this one matters too much. I made the change initially on content type alone but the message kept coming up. Once I made the change on default entry everything worked. However, I never reverted the change on content type so it might actually be working in conjunction with the default changes made so you could try changing both or just default and see what happens.
***Important note
The problem I was having involved the constant configuiring message plus not being able to associate vsd files with Visio. Whever I clicked on a file it would ask me to choose a program, but Visio was never on the list so I could not use it as default. After making the changes I still kept getting the message when opening Visio straight from .exe link. I had to first try and open a vsd file and now, after registry changes, I was able to see Visio on the program list. I checked the box to make it default, clicked ok and all vsd files now had a Visio icon. I opened any of these files and Visio opened without the configure message. Afterwards I tried opening Visio through the normal .exe link and it opened without the message. So once you make the changes, if you try to open Visio and the message still pops up, try opening a vsd file and set Visio as default first. Everything should be fine aftwerwards.
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06 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64

This is just great! It works perfectly and solves the problem for 100%! Thanks a lot Capitanian!
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23 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

Thanks Capitanian. Changing the .vsd (Default) from vsd_auto_file to Visio.Drawing.11 fixed the configuration issue I had with VISIO 2010 Pro every time I tried to open it. This happened after I removed a trial version of VISIO 2013 Pro. Uninstalling VISIO 2013 removed completely VISIO 2010... ?? After I reinstalled VISIO 2010 I had to wait for Windows to reconfigure the application. BTW, I have MS Office 2007. I tried to repair it first but did not fix the problem. Then I tried to repair VISIO 2010, it did not work either. Modifying the registry .vsd (Default) value resolved the problem
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